It is not clear whether or to what extent Netanyahu will abandon his traditional coalition partners on the right and turn toward the fragmented political center. However, such a turn may be necessary, writes Shira Efron.
Jan 23, 2013 | RAND.org
Shira Efron is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She has an M.A. in international relations from New York University and a B.S. in biology and computer science from Tel Aviv University. Efron represented the Institute for Inclusive Security in Israel and was the editor of the Middle East Bulletin, published by the Center for American Progress. She is a board member of Blue White Future and a member of the Council for Peace and Security, a non-partisan organization bringing together some thousand members with extensive security and diplomatic experience. She was also a research analyst at a hedge fund in New York, an editor at the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, and a reporter in the Israeli Defense Forces. Her interests include Middle East geopolitics, food security, water, energy, national security, defense policy, and ethnic conflicts.